Elementary school kids in an after-school program at the Jewish Community Center in Niskayuna ran around the new playground Friday, laughing as they raced across the monkey bars, climbed to the top of the slide before going down it and zip-lined several feet.
“I love this playground,” one of the kids screamed before moving on to a new piece of equipment.
The Ernest & Gloria Kahn Playground for kids ages 5 to 12 opened within the last couple of weeks, replacing a 30-year-old playground, said Amy Landauer-Ruder, the chairwoman of the Playground Task Force, on Friday.
“One of the focuses was to make it more accessible, to have children be able to play together regardless of ability,” she said.
The playground includes pieces of equipment — like a chair that spins around — that are more accessible for children with disabilities.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide this new playground for the children we serve and their families and we’re especially proud that it is accessible to all children,” said Andy Katz, the campus director, in a press release. “We hope they spend many hours having fun on this new equipment and cultivate new friendships and strengthen old ones during their play.”
Landauer-Ruder said the kids at the center helped pick out some of the pieces they wanted to include. The favorite among everyone was a zip-line that took kids from one platform to another just several feet away.
The next must-have item after that was a slide that twisted, Landauer-Ruder said.
The playground was developed by Parkitects and includes a double zip-line, three slides and many other climbing obstacles.
Landauer-Ruder said construction of the playground was delayed last spring because they wanted to make sure the construction company could safely build. This spring the construction company was able to get the work done.
The entire playground will cost around $200,000 once everything is completed. Landauer-Ruder said some fencing and other minor work still needs to be done.
Most of the money came through campaign fundraising, but the Kahns did leave some money, although the amount is unclear.
“It is wonderful to see the community come together to [do] a project that will bring such joy to the community’s children and their families for many years to come,” said Mark Eagan, the CEO and Capital Region Chamber President in the press release. “This playground will likely be a favorite spot for kids of all ages.”